Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Back

Summer extended itself very nicely into Fall this year, so
I can't really complain that the clocks are being turned
back this weekend, or that winter is encroaching.
Plus, it's the most exciting time of year here.
Everyone has returned from their summer reveries,
and are ready to return their projects.
  Classes that took summer hiatus have started again,
and this old mill is abuzz with creativity.

Lots of new fabrics and yarns have been coming in.
It's hard to have a favorite, but I am absolutely in LOVE with
Robert Kaufman's new cotton flannel.  I don't know how they make it,
but it is sooo soft and yummy and drapey.
It feels like cashmere.  
Our co-worker Katie fell in love with it too and was inspired
to make this fabulous reverse applique throw:
It will be hanging in the store as soon as I find a good spot for it.
You HAVE to touch it!  There's no pattern, yet...
but I'll encourage Katie to write one up (hi Katie!).

More warm Fall thoughts...
Joan brought in a whole bunch of her gorgeous hand dyed wool.
 So many bee-u-ti-ful colors!!!
She'll be teaching Rug Hooking again this winter and
 Nancy Keyes has a few wool applique workshops up her sleeve as well.
For example...Isn't this bag fabo?! (YES!!)
It's Nancy's sample for an upcoming workshop.
I'll post the details soon.
With holiday gift making in mind,
we've been putting together some of our favorite simple projects in kit form. 
Jennifer made this apron using Carrie Bloomston's "Paint" collection
and the "Reversible Apron" pattern from Mary Mulari.
Lindell made this one using Michael Millers "Monster Mash"
and Valori Wells' Pillowcase Sewcard" pattern.
If you can sew just a bit, you can make these.

Want help?  Sign up for one of our classes.
We've got sewing classes for adults and children, beginners or advanced.
Check out our schedule here:

Speaking of classes, we are very excited to be welcoming
Taylor McVay to our teaching staff.

 Taylor is a sewist and pattern maker, who has worked
with both established designers and
fashion pioneers. She has collaborated on wearables for
internationally exhibiting artists and designed custom clothing for a
range of clientele. She believes that learning how to sew, especially
how to make ones own clothing, is both creatively satisfying and
empowering. Her recently launched sewing pattern company, Blueprints
For Sewing, features designs inspired by architecture and art.
You can read more about her on her website here:
Her first class will be in December and will be
posted soon on our site.

A few more of my faves that have recently arrived...

Frances Newcomes' "Utopia" from Art Gallery Fabrics
I am in lust with Art Gallery's voiles, which feel like silk
and are perfect for elegant blouses.
Another highly coveted item:
Robert Kaufman's Designer Palette Kona Cotton
 This group is from Elizabeth Hartman and are perfect
for making her Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

Can you have enough yummy dots?
 from Lecien... 


Last, but not least...
Sarah, talented friend of FMS, came in several months ago to share her creation with us.  She's a fabulous quilter and this was her first time venturing into a more mutimedia/fiber art process AND she discovered her true creative element.


Thanks Sarah! It's gorgeous.

Hope to see you all soon.

Happy Fall!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime

It's been a busy summer here...

Row by Row is a great success.
 People from all over the country have
stopped in to check out our Lady Bug Row.
The best part is, everyone is having fun.

If you don't know about Row By Row,
 click on the link below for information:

There's still time to participate!

This past month we've had lots of busy Summer Sewing Campers.
Lead by sewing teacher extraordinaire, Jennifer Ziehl Vacca,
the kids are sewing up a storm.
Here are a few from the beginner sewing camp
sharing some of their projects with me.
       The more advanced sewists really made some amazing things.
Danielle made decorative pillows for her room
and learned basic quilting techniques.
Now she's making a full quilt.
Go Danielle!
Ryan and Allison made big leaps into the fashion sewing world.
Check out their creations below:
Allison's dress on the left is made with ivory lace
layered over a peach cotton voile. Just gorgeous!
Ryan (right) made a beautifully tailored jacket in pink denim.
She even has her own label!
Our regular sewing classes start up again in September.
Click on the link below for the schedules.
 More classes will be added soon. 

Ooodles of new fabrics and yarns
have been coming in.
Heather Ross' Far Far Away

Spooktacular Too!
by Maude Asbury
Bestest Halloween collection ever. 

Bonnie Christine's
I am always extolling the wonderful
quality of Art Gallery's fabric. Their slogan is
"Feel the Difference"
And you can.
Their cloth is the best of all the quilting cottons out there,
and now they are bringing out a line of cotton voiles and knits
which are amazing. The voile is absolutely luxurious!
You've got to come in and touch some. 

Amy Butler's new "Glow"
will be here any minute.
It's one of my favorites of all her collections.

Yummy new yarn!
Sophia Tweed

Crazy mini yarn balls
How could one resist??
I couldn't.
What do you do with them, hmmmn?
Well, we are making Elf Sweaters.
(of course)
Many Elf sweaters. Which make great tree ornaments.
These cute little balls of yarn make great ornaments
without any knitting involved too.

On that note...
Time to sign out.

Hope to see you all in the store soon!